Community Practice Contracts


Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) in RacineCON Faculty: Teresa S. Johnson, PhD, RN

Collaborators: Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints; City of Racine Health Department

The purpose of the Racine Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is to develop a formal, multidisciplinary, systematic evaluation of fetal deaths and to explore the number and causes of high mortality rates for African American infants in the City of Racine. Dr. Teresa Johnson is on contract with the Center for Urban Population Health to conduct the FIMR project. Since receiving funding in May 2007, Dr. Johnson and colleagues have attended the National FIMR conference, collected data from over 25 women or infants, and are in the process of developing an electronic abstraction method as well as scan sheets to assist with efficient data collection. In-home interviews are also being conducted. Dr. Johnson has presented at a town hall meeting held in Racine in June 2007 and participated in a “just in time hearing” for State legislators in July to provide them with data about the severity of the problem and the impact on families of fetal and infant mortality in Racine.

Improving the Health of Children with Special Health Care Needs in Birth to 3 Programs Through Health Literacy and Maternal Depression Screening
CON Faculty: Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN

Collaborators: UWM-College of Health Sciences faculty: Kris A. Barnekow, PhD, Department of Occupational Therapy; Timothy B. Patrick, PhD, Health Administration and Informatics; Paula M. Rhyner, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Susan E. Cashin, PhD, Associate Scientist; and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc. (LSS) Investigator Timothy Patrick, PhD.

This project is designed to respond to calls for innovative, interdisciplinary, community-centered care models that may reach Milwaukee families at risk for Postpartum Depression (PPD). Dr. Jennifer Doering is contracted through Center of Urban Population Health to work with faculty from the UWM College of Health Sciences and Dr. Timothy Patrick from LSS to develop a plan to assess levels of health literacy and symptoms of maternal depression and posttraumatic stress in Birth to 3 program clients. This project will also move the work of maternal depression screening to the systems level through development of the structural components needed to support the input of depression screening information into the Early Childhood Integrated Database System (ECIDS) being developed for Milwaukee County.

To date, the project has recruited over half of the proposed pilot project sample and preliminary results are showing that this screening has thus far been successful at reaching a vulnerable maternal population.